Hiszpański „kryzys XVII wieku”

Magdalena Barbaruk

The Spanish “Crisis of the Seventeenth Century”

The author analyzes the case of the Spanish “crisis of the seventeenth century” and presents two views to be found in the historiography and the critical discourse concerning the origins and functions of this crisis. Both are connected with the problematic of globalization, albeit in a different manner. The first one sees the origin of the country’s and its citizens’ poverty in imperial wealth. According to the second view, the coexistence of an economical, political and internal state crisis and the blossoming of the arts, literature and philosophy (also as a result of the persistence of the ideas and intellectual currents of European range) is emphasized. The author concentrates on cultural background of the lingering crisis in Spain with its far-reaching consequences (the role of the values).

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